Shoes are a fashion item we can’t do without and a great pair of shoe is a must-have for all in their closet. Most men nowadays have reasons to suit up or be corporate oriented in their dressing and even the most casual of men will have to suit up at one point or the other. So before you make that wrong call on your choice of shoes or if you fall into the category of those that believe all shoes fall under one category, then this article will interest you.
Before we proceed to the types of dress shoes available, it will do more good to know and understand what makes up a dress shoe. A dress shoe is majorly divided into four parts namely; the top, the vamp, the facing and the quarter.
Types of Shoes
The Oxford shoe is the worn and probably the oldest dress shoe. They half boot styled and designed to be worn below the ankle. Oxford shoes are characterized by their closed lacing which provides a slim silhouette which fits the foot’s contour perfectly. The Oxford is best known for its ability to go with almost all occasions and dressings. I’ll advice to choose a black or dark brown when getting one
Derby shoes also known as bluchers were originally designed as sporting or hunting boots. They are often mistaken for Oxford shoes due to their close resemblance which will mostly pass unnoticeable at first. The difference lies in the lacing system. The derby shoe has open lacing compared to the close lacing of the Oxford shoe. It is more comfortable than the Oxford due to its wider fit.
The monk strap is similar to the Oxford and derby but without laces. The laces were replaced with a wide strap fastened across the front of the shoe with either a double or single buckle closure. It has a closed toe design which gives it a protective advantage compared to sandals worn then by monks from where it got its name. It is a good alternative to Oxford and derby shoes.
Loafers are best known for their slip-on style. It was originally designed to be a casual slipper but it gradually became a dress shoe as time went and fashion evolved. The loafers have a decoration that consists of a strap or metal strap
It is an absolute must to have good pair of dress shoes for men and picking a well-designed pair that expresses one’s style will show money well spent. And if you’re looking to add more dimension and class, try a new way of lacing or a colorful pair of laces.
The dress boot is of same standard in appearance with the Oxford shoe only with a longer shaft. It often features a wing tip brogueing on the toe and along its seams and rises over the ankle. It became popular in the Victoria era when choice in men’s shoes were few and because of that became a formal dress shoe worn to formal occasions.
Dates back to the Victoria in England, the Chelsea boot is characterized by its elastic sliding which allowed easy movement of the leg in and out of it. It became a good alternative to the dress boot and easily crept into the fashion circle. The boots are ankle length with toes and low heels. The simple look of the Chelsea boot can give a classy touch to jeans and also serve as an alternative for suit.